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JPMorgan Chase's 'Whale' Harpooned by More Regulators

(Updated with additional information.)

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- JPMorgan Chase (JPM) saw its first regulatory action in connection to the multi-billion dollar trading loss it suffered last year.

The Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency late Monday issued enforcement actions ordering the bank to remedy the breakdown in risk management that led to the "London Whale" trades - -outsized bets in credit derivatives by a London-based group of traders that caused the bank more than $6 billion in losses.

The bank's internal controls "failed to identify and prevent certain credit derivatives trading conducted by the CIO that resulted in substantial loss to the bank, which has exceeded $6 billion," the OCC said in its order. Investigations into the derivatives trading activities found deficiencies including "inadequate oversight and governance to protect the bank from material risk, inadequate risk management processes and procedures, inadequate control over trade valuation, inadequate development and implementation of models used by the bank, and inadequate internal audit processes."

The Fed also highlighted the deficiency in the senior management's elevation of issues to board of directors, which did not allow for the board's meaningful consideration of such issue

The consent order does not require the bank to pay any fine, but outlines steps for the bank to enhance its risk-management.

Other regulatory agencies are also investigating the CIO debacle. The U.K. Financial Services Authority is continuing its investigation into the losses by the London office, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations led by Senator Carl Levin (D- Mich.) is also conducting its investigation on how the bank handled the trades. It will also look into the role the OCC played as a regulator and its failure to detect the trades.

"The Firm continues to respond to litigation, as well as investigations, relating to the losses in the synthetic credit portfolio that had been managed by the CIO," the bank said in its filing with the SEC. "The Firm is cooperating with these investigations."

JPMorgan Chase, meanwhile, is expected to release a 50-page report of its internal probe on Wednesday, when the bank reports its result.

The bank's board is also reportedly meeting Tuesday to weigh the compensation package for CEO Jamie Dimon and former CFO Doug Braunstein.

JPMorgan has shuffled the management ranks in the wake of the trading scandal. Most recently, former investment banking CEO Jes Staley, who was once pegged to be succeed Dimon, left the bank to join Blue Mountain, a hedge fund that helped the bank unwind the positions.

The OCC and Fed also issued a separate enforcement action ordering the bank to beef up its anti-money laundering procedures, similar to the enforcement action issued to Citigroup (C) last year.

The OCC said that the bank's anti-money laundering controls had "critical deficiencies with respect to suspicious activity reporting, monitoring transactions, conducting customer due diligence and risk assessment, and implementing adequate systems of internal controls and independent testing."

-- Written by Shanthi Bharatwaj in New York.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors and reporters from holding positions in any individual stocks.

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